The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles
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Published: October 1920
Who poisoned the wealthy Emily Inglethorp and how did the murderer penetrate and escape from her locked bedroom? Suspects abound in the quaint village of Styles St. Mary—from the heiress's fawning new husband to her two stepsons, her volatile housekeeper, and a pretty nurse who works in a hospital dispensary. With impeccable timing, and making his unforgettable debut, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is on the case.

Hello! I want to tell you something… no it is not a secret. I just want to tell you that this October 2020 I made an #AgathaChristie reading month, I will read the Hercule Poirot anthology for October because I badly want to read the books written by Agatha Christie. The reason for this was since I read her book “And then there were none”, I became thrilled to read her other books. It took me so long to finally devour the Hercule Poirot series, but better late than, never right?

So, my first Hercule Poirot story is “The Mysterious Affair at Styles.” And here are my thoughts after I finished reading it…


A Roller Coaster Turn of Events

To be honest, Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot made me like a dumb after finding out who was the real murderer at all, because there were cases that whenever they find evidence related to the other person, my mind would make a final judgment that this is the person! The real murderer! But then, in the end, I was wrong!

Reading this book was like riding a roller coaster (which I am afraid to ride), you go down, then go up because of the exciting events that happened especially when Poirot explains and connects the pieces of evidence as if he was there when the crime committed. What a genius!

The Detective

I like the character of Hercule Poirot in the book. Agatha Christie made him that he was still an imperfect person because whenever he made some mistakes, he would still accept those mistakes without denial. His character was developed from the start of the story, and no doubt maintained his character development throughout and at the end of the book.

As for the comparison with the other Hercule Poirot stories, I can’t compare it yet because this was my first Hercule Poirot, but I must say that the crime here was perfectly executed, but we know that every perfect crime whether it is fiction or not, there were still loopholes to be found eventually.

Mr. Hastings

Yes, Mr. Hastings. I don’t like his character here in the book. He was the one narrating, and because of that, I know what his mind thinks about Hercule Poirot. There were times (no, always) that he doubts the capability of Mr. Poirot in terms of solving the case. His character here was no doubt a very proud man and thinks of himself that he was better than his so-called friend Hercule Poirot. Annoyingly character, but I will still give him some chance to improve his character in the next books, and I hope so!

Overall, I enjoyed reading my first Hercule Poirot book, and my rating is 4/5! Cheers to more Agatha Christie books!

 

 

 

 


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3.8Overall Score

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Hello! I want to tell you something... no it is not a secret. I just want to tell you that this October 2020 I made an #AgathaChristie reading month, I will read the Hercule Poirot anthology for ...

  • Plot
    4.0
  • Characters
    3.8
  • Pacing
    4.0
  • Writing Style
    4.0
  • Book Cover
    3.0

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